The state of Texas is making a major change to the management of the iconic landmark the Alamo. The General Land Office is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

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The iconic west facade of the Alamo is slowly wearing down, according to a study conducted by the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.

The Shrine to Texas liberty located in downtown San Antonio is suffering a loss of 5 to 7 centimeters, or approximately 2 – 2.7 inches, of its limestone surface since 1960.

That erosion has been detected at the base of a decorative column flanking the Alamo’s main entrance.

The concern is that the rate of decay could increase and add up to a significant amount over time.

SAN ANTONIO  — Ten years have passed since Rick Range found a small, bronze Spanish cannon that may have been fired at the Alamo, tucked away in a building in rural North Texas.

“And I was amazed. It was in a dark storage-type workroom, way out in the country,” said Range, a Dallas-area Alamo researcher.

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Last night the Alamo Plaza Advisory Commission met to discuss the future of the most famous building in San Antonio, which included how to improve the experience of a huge tourist draw while improving historical aspects of the grounds. One could say the project is 178 years in the making.